Vote March 10th
The Birmingham School District has the opportunity to leverage favorable interest rates to complete capital improvement and technology updates with a ZERO-TAX-RATE INCREASE over the current levy. This zero tax increase protects our schools and home values (see the homeowner video). Learn more about the bond by exploring the information on this website or at the BPS website here. Thank you!
Facilities and Infrastructure Goals
With operating funds secured Birmingham Public Schools now turns to ensuring the safety, security, and technology needs facing a district of 8,000 students, hundreds of teachers teachers, and countless active community members. Encompassing nearly 2 MILLION square feet the physical footprint our school buildings is large presence in our community. In keeping with the standards expected by our communities the renewed levy will fund school building and infrastructure renovations, security and safety enhancements, technology upgrades, and the purchase of new buses.
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Frequently Asked Questions
On March 10, 2020 voters in the Birmingham Public School District will be asked to renew the existing debt millage. This approval WILL NOT increase any homestead taxes.
The panels below summarize the most frequently asked questions (click panel to open individually).
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What's being requested?
Renew Debt Millage
All Michigan school district operations are funded through a mixture of local and state millages and bonds. This proposal will extend the BPS bond millage.
NO RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY TAX INCREASE
Why Renew Now?
The March Election
The March date is one that is available to all Michigan school districts. The timing of the question aligns with the maturity of the bond debt.
What are revenues used for?
Unlike the operating millage (which pays for the day to day operations of the district), the bond debt is utilized for capital needs such as building repairs and improvements, technology updates, safety and security systems and other “hard asset” infrastructure.
Why is a vote needed?
Under state law, school debt must be approved by voters. All school districts utilize municipal bonds to pay for the physical assets of the district like buildings, computers, buses.
Where do I vote?
Find your voting location
What are the benefits for residents without children?
According to realtor statistics, the quality of a school district’s programs and the condition of its facilities are two factors that people consider when choosing where to purchase a home. Realtors in the District’s communities agree that people are drawn to the Birmingham area because of the strong academic foundation our schools offer. A realtor.com study shows home premiums of 49% when located in excellent school districts. The District continues to provide a rigorous academic experience along with a focus on character education and service learning as noted in our Strategic Plan. Ensuring the care and upkeep of the districts infrastructure is a core expectation of the wider BPS community.